Rutgers (4-6, 2-4) at No. 16 USF (5-3-2, 3-1-2)When: Sat., 7:30 p.m.Where: USF Soccer Stadium
The story: USF returns home after a 1-1 road trip, looking to rebound from an upset against DePaul on Thursday. The Bulls are still looking for their first win at home, as they are 0-1-2 at the USF Soccer Stadium. The Scarlet Knights are 0-5 on the road.
USF has an all-time record of 1-2-1 against Rutgers. The Bulls fell to the Scarlet Knights in last year’s meeting in New Jersey 3-0.
“In our game, you’d like to get the first goal,” coach George Kiefer said. “(When you) give a team a lead, it’s a tough game to figure out to get back.”
Rutgers’ offense has only two first-period goals all season, having scored more than 77 percent of its goals in the second period or overtime.
Prior to the game, a special exhibition contest will be held at 4 p.m. between USF soccer alumni and former Tampa Bay Rowdies players. There will be a barbecue following the exhibition game, at which fans will have a chance to meet and greet former members of the Bulls and Rowdies.
Keep an eye on: forward Rodrigo Hidalgo. The junior has tallied the most goals for the Bulls this season (4) and has scored the only goal in each of USF’s last two games. Hidalgo, a Hermann Trophy Award candidate, also leads the team in points (9) and shot percentage (.250).